Thursday, September 19, 2013

PONNONAM-2013 at Hindustan University

5:03 AM by Hindustan University ·


PONNONAM-2013 at  Hindustan University

Hindustan University celebrated PONNONAM - 2013 on 7th September 2013 at MGR Hall.  Renowned Film Actor Mr. Ashokan was the Chief Guest on the occasion.  Dr. Mrs Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, Hindustan University presided over the function.  The programme commenced with the traditional lighting of lamp and ONAM song performed by students.
In her message to the gathering, Dr. Mrs Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, Hindustan University expressed her whole-hearted happiness and appreciated the students for having brought life to the celebration of PONNONAM 2013. She thanked all the organizers (especially students) for having retained the tradition and culture of the year old festival and also urged the baton of celebrating spirit and zeal to be passed-on to subsequent batches in the same manner. 
The Chief Guest, Mr. Ashokan, Actor, Malayalam Film Industry started his speech with high appreciations to the students and organizers for having made him part of this unforgettable moment of celebration.  He felt witnessing a celebration of ONAM festival in Kerala at Hindustan University. He also appreciated the efforts the students have put in making pookalam (traditional rangoli made with flower petals).  Adding to this, he said students have done extremely well to prepare and maintain pookalam in its true and rich form matching to the good old form. Further, he was amazed to see the traditional thiruvathirakali and sinkarimelam – for which he felt, has elevated the rich culture of Keralam once again.  He concluded his speech expressing his gratitude to Chancellor for the opportunity to witness and be part of this grandeour.  The Chief Guest was felicitated with the traditional ponnada (folded traditional silk cloth, generally placed around shoulders of honoree) by Dr. Mrs Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, Hindustan University. The morning programme ended with“ ONAM SADYA”-  a  traditional  kerala lunch .
In the post-lunch session, students performed the traditional Kerala sports viz. kummiyadi and vadamvali to mark the festive-galore amongst all present.  The festival was celebrated by around 1000 plus students. 

 Dr. A. Joseph Stanley,Director(Academics), Dr. Pon Ramalingam,( Registrar), Brig. Dr. Ravi Verman (Retd.), Dean (Administration), Mr. Santhosh Verghese, (Special Office), Mr. Abraham Alex,( Campus Manager), Dr. Dilip Shah,(HOD, Dept of Aeronautical Engg) and other distinguished members also participated in the celebration. The programme was concluded with National Anthem.  


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